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  • n. Plural form of thyrsus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of thyrsus.


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  • Thyrsophoria, when they enter into the temple carrying thyrsi.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • The upper part is painted with lines, between which are depicted griffins in repose, baskets with thyrsi, branches of herbs, and other objects.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • The decorations of the rest of the room are noble, and yet appropriate to its destination; garlands, entwined with ivy and vine-branches, divide the walls into compartments bordered with fanciful ornaments; in the centre of each of which are painted with admirable elegance young Fauns, or half-naked Bacchantes, carrying thyrsi, vases and all the furniture of festive meetings.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • But when they saw my master sitting on the pine, first they threw at him handfuls of stones, striking his head, mounting on an opposite piled rock; and with pine branches some aimed, and some hurled their thyrsi through the air at Pentheus, wretched mark; [57] but they failed of their purpose; for he having a height too great for their eagerness, sat, wretched, destitute through perplexity.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • Let some one go, tell him that Tiresias seeks him; but he himself knows on what account I come, and what agreement I, an old man, have made with him, yet older; to twine the thyrsi, and to put on the skins of deer, and to crown the head with ivy branches.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • For their pointed spear was not made bloody, but the women hurling the thyrsi from their hands, wounded them, and turned their backs to flight, women

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • You will all fly, (and that will be shameful,) so as to yield your brazen shields to the thyrsi of the Bacchæ.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • But she cried out, O my fleet hounds, we are hunted by these men; but follow me, follow, armed with thyrsi in your hands.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • The hedges have put on their best draperies of leaves and flowers, and, girdled in at their waist by double osier bands, stagger luxuriantly along the road like a drunken Bacchanal procession, crowned with festive ivy, and holding aloft their snowy clusters of elder-blossoms like _thyrsi_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 31, May, 1860

  • Clad in fawn-skins, they assembled by night on the mountain sides, {199} some carrying blazing torches, others thyrsi, and all animated with religious enthusiasm and frenzy.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome


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